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CN Rail ousts CEO Luc Jobin says it needs energetic leader to

first_imgAt the time, CN chief operating officer Mike Cory told analysts that the company was “catching up” in some areas where it was surprised after reducing its workforce in early 2016.CN said Monday that it has appointed CN chief marketing officer Jean-Jacques Ruest as the interim replacement for Jobin while it conducts a search for a new permanent CEO. Ruest has been with CN Rail for 22 years and has been its chief marketing officer for the last eight years.“Mr. Ruest is well known to customers and investors, and is well positioned to focus the company and its very experienced and proven team of railroaders to rapidly address operational challenges during the transition,” chairman Robert Pace said in the statement. “CN must accelerate execution of the innovation strategy articulated at our investor day last June. The board is confident this remains the right course to restore and retain industry-leading metrics and best in class customer service.” MONTREAL, Q.C. — Canadian National Railway Co. has replaced president and chief executive Luc Jobin, saying its board of directors believes the company needs a more energetic leader who will speed up execution of its strategic vision.The Montreal-based company also said it recognizes the railway has had operational and customer service challenges since last fall when it experienced what the statement called “insufficient network resiliency.”In October, the company said it was on a hiring spree because it didn’t have enough crews to handle increased demand prompted by a stronger North American economy.last_img read more

Congress fields Urmila in Mumbai TV anchor Supriya Shrinate in UP

first_imgMumbai/ New Delhi: Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Congress this week, is the latest Bollywood figure fielded by the party from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, a BJP stronghold. Matondkar is pitted against BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who defeated former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.The Congress also changed its candidate in Uttar Pradesh’s Maharajganj by now fielding Supriya Shrinate in place of Tanushree Tripathi, the daughter of jailed politician Amarmani Tripathi, after facing widespread criticism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMatondkar, who has appeared in popular Hindi films like “Rangeela” and “Satya” and in the critically-acclaimed “Masoom” as a child artiste, will make her electoral debut with the April 29 poll in that constituency. In the past, the Congress had fielded Bollywood actor Govinda from the Mumbai North seat, which he won. According to sources in the Congress, the party was looking for a known face to take on Shetty, perceived as being a strong candidate. The search ended with Matondkar, the source added. “Some celebrities recently got associated with the party. Matondkar happens to be the most popular name among them,” the source said. BJP leader Ram Naik, currently the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, had represented the constituency between 1989 and 1999.last_img read more

Security Council antiterrorism committees move towards greater cooperation

“Cooperation is a crucial element in efforts against the threat of terrorism, in particular in relation to the use of nuclear arms, chemical and biological,” said Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, in a joint statement on behalf of the Chairmen of the Monitoring Team, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and the Expert Group related to resolution 1540 on combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors. “Terrorism and weapons of mass destruction proliferation to non-State actors continue to be a threat to international peace and security,” he added in his report to the Council.Also briefing the 15-member body was Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, chair of the so-called 1267 Committee on sanctions against individuals and entities linked to Al-Qaida and the Taliban, who stated that he planned to “intensify the dialogue between the Committee and the authorities of Afghanistan.” He also noted that the Committee was in the process of reviewing all 488 names on the sanctions list by 30 June. So far 24 names had been de-listed and five deceased individuals had been removed, with 35 names still pending, as more information was necessary.“Cooperation and interaction with Member States is an essential element of the work of the Committee and visits to Member States by the Monitoring Team play an important role in this respect,” he added, noting that the visits provide the Committee with additional information on the implementation of the sanctions measures, as well as their effectiveness.Mr. Mayr-Harting also said that the Committee is close to choosing an Ombudsman, an office that the Council authorized last December. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to appoint a candidate, in close consultation with the Committee, in the coming days.Nearly a decade since the Security Council passed its wide-ranging counter-terrorism resolution in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, “terrorism continues to be a major threat to international peace and security compelling us to be ever vigilante and steadfast in our fight against this scourge,” said Ambassador Erugrul Apakan of Turkey, who chairs the Committee monitoring the implementation of resolution 1373.He said that in the past six months, the Committee had taken up issues such as border control and security, maritime security and terrorist acts committed at sea, and was now working on policy guidance on international legal cooperation. The Committee had placed particular emphasis on increasing its dialogue and cooperation with other relevant international and regional organizations, such as the African Union (AU) and the Organization of American States (OAS).In the coming period, the Committee planned to organize a seminar in New York on the theme of “Bringing Terrorists to Justice.” 11 May 2010The heads of the three committees set up by the Security Council to support the efforts of Member States to combat terrorism today reported increased cooperation within the past six months among their respective bodies and their expert groups, and voiced the need for the Council’s guidance to better coordinate future efforts. read more

Two TigerCats are Players of the Week

Kicker Luca Congi of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, was named top special-teams player for last weeks games. He had three field goals and three converts in the Ticats’ 30-29 win over Edmonton.Hamilton receiver Sam Giguere was the outstanding Canadian. He had six catches for 90 yards against the Eskimos. The native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, has 22 receptions for 309 yards so far this season.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

BUSU films promotional video in front of The General

The footage will be edited down to a three-minute promotional video, as well as a 30-second version for advertising use. Brock University students gathered in front of the Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock Statue to shoot a promotional video Tuesday morning.There was a little taste of O-Week at Brock University Tuesday morning.The Brock University Student Union shot a promotional video featuring more than 100 students dressed in red, cheering and dancing in front of the Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock statue.The project, filmed by Brock TV, will be used both to market the school externally, and to encourage more first-year students to get involved at the University.“The four years at Brock can either be four years that pass you by or the best four years of your life,” said Jad Nasser, BUSU’s Isaac’s Army co-ordinator for the 2015-16 school year.The fourth-year Business Economics student from Niagara Falls said he wishes he had been more involved in his first year at Brock.“Coming to university I was a bit intimidated, but once I got involved in second year, Brock Students became a community and then a family,” he said.Tuesday filming started out at the Campus Store, which outfitted many of the students with Brock-branded clothing and props. From there they marched out to the statue, where a DJ played music while dancers and student athletes performed. read more

Ben Simmons Only Shoots From Way Uptown

The Sixers’ Ben Simmons is having a great rookie season, but there is one hole in his game: the 3-point shot. As you’ll see in the video above, it’s not common to find a player this good who is also this averse to 3-pointers.

Automationremote control bulk handling and storage South African technology and services

first_imgAutomation/remote control, bulk handling and storage, South African technology and services are three of the main articles currently being written by John and Paul for the January issue of International Mining. The automation/remote control article, for instance, will examine the big new orders for autonomous trucks, look at the latest in blasthole drill automation and peer underground to see the latest technologies being employed there, AND MORE. Do contact the editors, before early December, if you have contributions you wish to suggest for any of these articles.last_img

VIDEO Egyptian handball giant with 225 cm

His name is Hamad Fathi. He is the new Egyptian NT line-player. The most important thing with the newcomer in one of the biggest non-European handball forces is that he is 225 cm tall!Watch his first goal for the NT in Congo against Gabon..Egypt win African Games by beating Angola 25:23 at the final. African handballEgypt handball ← Previous Story SEHA: Meshkov beat Vojvodina Next Story → Denmark – leader with 54 players in EHF CL teams!

Rory McIlroy shows resilience with workmanlike first round in Miami

first_imgAFTER LAST WEEKEND’S dramatic walk-off, it was back to work for Rory McIlroy earlier.And the world No 1 kept his vow to “grind it out” when the going got tough to post a first round of 73 in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami.McIlroy – three over with three holes of the Blue Monster course at Doral to play — birdied two of them to finish seven shots behind playing partner Tiger Woods, who shared the lead with Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, US Masters champion Bubba Watson and Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson.“I hit some good shots, I hit some not-so good shots,” he said afterwards. “As I have been saying all week this is a work in progress, I am staying patient and I have another three rounds to work on it more and shoot a few good scores.“I just had to play each hole as it came and shoot the best score possible. It was nice to sneak in a couple of birdies in the last three holes and make it look somewhat respectable, even though everyone seems to be going pretty low out there; it was a day where it was perfect scoring conditions.“I wasn’t putting as much pressure on myself and that’s why I didn’t get as frustrated. If I had played like that last week I would have been not so happy but I understand it’s a work in progress and hopefully it will come together soon.”More to followTiger Woods flubs chip shot, doesn’t make it halfway to the holeTrapattoni confirms Richard Dunne will miss Sweden and Austria matcheslast_img read more

Avengers Endgame Cast Spoofs We Didnt Start the Fire on Fallon

first_img Best (And Worst) Movies of Summer 2019Marvel Writer Dan Slott: Spider-Man Should Not Have Killed in ‘Endgame’ The Avengers: Endgame cast came together for a special singalong on The Tonight Show, and this time, they sang a Marvel-themed version of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”On Monday, April 22, Jimmy Fallon aired the hilarious video on The Tonight Show, and it’s a sweet trip down memory lane for everyone who has worked on Marvel movies over the years. The Avengers: Endgame stars managed to belt out rounds of lyrics about the MCU superheroes and there are references to many films, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, and Thor: Ragnarok.There is also a touching tribute to Stan Lee, which is viewable at the end of the video. All the comic strips in the clip mold into Lee’s picture, with ending lyrics stating, “We didn’t start the fire, but when we are gone, it will still burn on and on and on and on.”See Avengers: Endgame in theaters on April 26.More on Geek.com:11 Ways the Avengers Could Defeat Thanos in ‘Endgame’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’ First Reactions Flood Social Media After Premiere‘Avengers: Endgame’ TV Spot Teases Superheroes’ Mission ‘To the End’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Press Talk Theres always something going on

first_imgLou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com. Sometimes, you can’t turn around without finding the usual suspects helping our community in so many ways.Take Vancouver Councilor Anne McEnerny-Ogle.One day, she’s introducing a noon concert at Esther Short Park, the next day, she’s baking pies for visiting law enforcement officers and — yep— that was Anne scrubbing clean a mural in the city.Oh, and those pies? They’re illegal in 14 states. Too dang addictive.But this isn’t a column about Anne. It’s a column about our community and the number of events we hold, not only to bring us together but to assist those who need help.Hey, government can’t do it all.I was thinking about all these events when I found myself in a bit of a jam this weekend. Too many things to do and not enough cloning.Look, if I can be honest, I go to my fair share of events; but when I did the math, I found that I was number 10,034 on a list of folks who are out there doing good things. Yep, that’s chump change compared with so many others.last_img read more

Tennessee Naval Facility Will Cohost Huge Alternative Energy Project

first_imgA private corporation has reached an agreement with the Navy to develop a massive solar energy project at a naval facility in Tennessee.Silicon Ranch Corporation signed a real estate outgrant — an agreement granting it the right to use federal government-owned property under specific conditions and timeframes — to build a large-scale solar facility at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South in Millington, near Memphis.Silicon Ranch Corporation will finance, build, own and operate the solar facility on 72 acres of land at NSA Mid-South for 37 years, the Navy said April 18. The facility will have an estimated capacity of 12 megawatts of direct current (DC) power or 9 megawatts alternating current (AC). Silicon Ranch Corporation has also arranged to develop 330 adjoining acres from the Millington Industrial Development Board to produce an additional 56.5 megawatts of DC power (44 megawatts AC).The entire project will cost more than $100 million, contain 580,000 photovoltaic solar panels and provide enough power to serve 7,500 homes, according to The Commercial Appeal.The project, a long-term power purchase agreement between the Tennessee Valley Authority and Silicon Ranch, will be the state’s largest solar array and will serve Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) customers, which includes NSA Mid-South, at cost-competitive rates for 20 years, reported Solar Industry. A portion of the energy produced will also flow onto Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division lines.NSA Mid-South is the Navy’s Human Resources Center of Excellence and serves as the headquarters for the Navy Personnel Command, Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Manpower Analysis Center and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Finance Center. More than 7,500 military, civilian and contract personnel work on base.“This solar facility helps NSA Mid-South progress toward our goal of becoming the Navy’s premier support installation through maintaining excellence in our facilities and services. Increased energy resilience allows Navy personnel residing in the community to focus on the mission-managing the Navy’s most important asset, its people, from recruitment to retirement,” said Capt. David Bryson, NSA Mid-South’s commanding officer.NSA Mid-South solar facility is expected to be operational by mid-year 2018. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Family dispute suspected in Texas church shooting

first_imgPeople pray at a row of crosses for each victim, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas, US. Photo: AFPA family dispute may have sparked the rampage by a US Air Force veteran who killed 26 people with an assault rifle in a small-town church, the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history, officials said Monday.Ten people remained in critical condition a day after Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old private security guard, burst into the rural Baptist church during Sunday morning services and sprayed bullets at the congregation.Investigators were focusing on reports that Kelley had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended the church but was not there on Sunday.Victims of the massacre included an 18-month-old baby, eight members of a single family, and reportedly the gunman’s own grandmother-in-law. Twenty people were wounded.Governor Greg Abbott said Kelley, who was armed with an AR-15 rifle and two handguns, had been denied a gun permit in Texas and should not have legally had access to weapons.President Donald Trump, who is travelling in Asia, said meanwhile that the United States was living in “dark times” but brushed off calls for stricter gun control, saying the latest tragedy, which left eight members of one family dead, “isn’t a guns situation.”The authorities said Kelley apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car after fleeing the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a rural community of rolling hills and ranches of nearly 400 people near San Antonio.Kelley, who was kicked out of the Air Force for domestic violence, was dressed in black and was wearing a bulletproof vest and a black mask with a skull face when he walked up and down the aisle of the church shooting people in the pews, officials said.Two men—Stephen Willeford, 55, and Johnnie Langendorff, 27 — were being lauded as heroes for confronting Kelley after he mowed down nearly 50 churchgoers with gunfire.Willeford grabbed his own AR-15 rifle and shot and wounded Kelley as he emerged from the church and headed for his car.Willeford then flagged down a passing pickup truck driven by Langendorff and they pursued Kelley at high speed until he crashed his vehicle into a field.‘Domestic situation’Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety said 10 people were in critical condition, four were in serious condition and six were in stable condition.Sunday’s carnage came just five weeks after the worst gun massacre in modern US history, the murder of 58 people by a heavily armed retired accountant who opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas.“This was not racially motivated, it wasn’t over religious beliefs,” Martin said.“There was a domestic situation going on with the family and in-laws,” he said. “We know that he expressed anger towards his mother-in-law.”Governor Abbott said Kelley was “a man who had some mental health issues apparently long before this.”According to the Air Force, Kelley served at a base in New Mexico starting in 2010 before being court-martialed in 2012 on charges of assaulting his wife and a child.He was sentenced to 12 months in confinement and received a “bad conduct” discharge in 2014, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.Officials said Kelley was armed with a Ruger AR-15 rifle and had two handguns in his vehicle, a Glock 9mm and a Ruger .22 but Abbott said Kelley should not have been allowed to have a gun at all.“He tried to get a gun permit in the State of Texas and was denied that permit,” Abbott said. “Under the current system of federal law he should have been prevented to make this purchase.”‘Let the buzzards pick at him’Kelley was from the town of New Braunfels, 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Sutherland Springs, and his in-laws attended the church, officials said.Willeford, who shot and wounded Kelley as he emerged from the church, told The Dallas Morning News he was “terrified while this was going on.”“I didn’t want this and I want the focus to be on my friends,” he said. “I have friends in that church.”Langendorff said he and Willeford pursued Kelley for about 10 to 12 minutes at speeds of up to 95 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour).“I had to make sure he was caught,” he told CNN.Kelley crashed his car while being chased and was found dead inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Martin said Kelley called his father from the car before he crashed and said he was wounded and “didn’t think he would make it.”Speaking to reporters in Tokyo as part of his Asia tour, President Trump dubbed the gunman “deranged” and said the most recent mass shooting to hit the United States “isn’t a guns situation.”“I think that mental health is your problem here,” Trump said when asked if gun control could reduce the rampant firearms violence plaguing the country.Late Sunday, mourners held a candlelight vigil for victims in the tiny town, with another service planned on Monday.“We lost a lot of good friends,” said Robert Kunz, 50, owner of Sutherland Springs Tire & Battery.“I feel like the guy got what he deserved,” he said. “You’re going to hate me for this, but I think they need to let the buzzards pick at him.”last_img read more

Theatre Week Kickoff Party

first_imgWooly Mammoth Theatre Company, located at 641 D Street, NW, is scheduled to celebrate the 2017-2018 theatre season through a free community-friendly party on Sept. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. More than 20 of Washington’s theatre companies will be present to share upcoming productions. Food and refreshments will be served. There will also be live performances and giveaways. For more information, visit downtowndc.org.last_img

Louisville Baseball Hosts 2019 Media Day

first_imgFitzgerald and Wyatt are among the seven position starters returning for the Cardinals. Wyatt has garnered preseason All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game following his sophomore campaign that saw him post a .339 batting average with 69 driven in. Fitzgerald started 63 of 64 games in 2018, hitting .264 with 17 doubles and 23 stolen bases. Photo Gallery Dan McDonnell Press Conference Set to begin his 13th season with the Cardinals, head coach Dan McDonnell was joined for Tuesday’s press conferences by junior lefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett, junior infielder Tyler Fitzgerald, senior righthanded pitcher Bryan Hoeing and junior first baseman Logan Wyatt. FOLLOWING THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Version McDonnell enters the 2019 season with a 554-222 overall mark in 12 seasons leading the program. A two-time National Coach of the Year, McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the start of the 2019 season just around the corner, the University of Louisville baseball team hosted its annual media day on Tuesday in the Omaha Room at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville Baseball Quick Facts 2019 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL SEASON TICKETSAfter one season of ticketed admission for all home games, the Cardinals are giving free admission back to the fans in 2019. Louisville’s 15 ACC games as well as non-conference games against UK and Vanderbilt will be ticketed events at Jim Patterson Stadium. All other non-conference matchups, including games against Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Xavier, will have free admission.The 2019 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2019 UofL baseball tickets can be found at gocards.com/bsbtickets. Bennett and Hoeing return to a Louisville pitching staff that brings back 11 arms from the 2018 team. Bennett was named a preseason All-American by the NCBWA and Perfect Game after an 8-2 mark as a sophomore with a 2.84 ERA. Hoeing will battle for a weekend rotation spot after working primarily out of the bullpen as a junior. The righthander was 7-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 24 appearances, five of which were starts. Fitzgerald and Wyatt Press Conference Bennett and Hoeing Press Conference The Cardinals open the 2019 campaign on Friday, Feb. 15 against No. 20 Connecticut in Lakeland, Fla. The weekend series will be played at Joker Marchant Stadium, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. Louisville enters the season ranked in all six major preseason polls, including a No. 4 ranking in the D1Baseball preseason poll. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. Story Linkslast_img read more

Viking Berserkers Force for Evil or Sacred Warriors

first_imgWhen we think of Vikings, what often comes to mind are images of men in horned helmets and long cloaks, sailing off to conquer and pillage various parts of Europe. Well… that, and berserkers. The idea of the berserker is fairly well known in many parts of the world, if only imperfectly understood. What was a berserker? Berserkers were a particular subset of warriors in pre-Christian Scandinavia. They were a traveling brotherhood who would take service with different chiefs, according to History Extra.Torslunda helmet a one-eyed weapon dancer followed by a berserker.They usually were used in small groups, often about 12, in addition to the regular guard or army. What set them apart from other warriors was that they had bears or wolves as totem animals, and wore their skins into battle. They believed that when they were fighting, they took on the attributes of their totem animals.Berserkers were elite shock troops, highly coveted, but difficult to control, since they fought in a state of battle rage which made them both nearly supernaturally strong and fierce, but also dangerous.In battles, they were placed at the front of a phalanx, either to launch an attack or resist the main weight of an attacking force. In sea battles, they were usually put in the prow of the ship to be the first force meeting the enemy.Ulfhednar. Photo by KaOokami – Own work CC BY-SA 3.0Berserkers, were, however, poorly suited to formation warfare, since when they were in their battle frenzy, they were nearly impossible to control and could attack the enemy, but would also attack trees, rocks, or each other.It was said that they went into battle wearing little but loincloths and the skins of their totems, to show disdain of wounds, and carried only light shields for protection. The Norse saga, The Ynglinga Saga, says these were Odin’s warriors and that his men “rushed forwards without armour, were as mad as dogs or wolves, bit their shields, and were strong as bears or wild bulls, and killed people at a blow, but neither fire nor iron told upon themselves. These were called Berserker.”The dancing figures, berserkers, wear a helmet whose horns terminate in birds heads & his companion wears the mask of a wolf or bear. Photo by HAF 932 CC BY-SA 2.0 deIn other sagas berserkers are often painted as being violent and out of control, and as being evildoers in their frenzy.Is this a fair and accurate portrayal? Norse Mythology suggests that berserkers should be considered as shamanic warriors or warrior-priests. During the Viking Age, all warriors looked to Odin for strength and courage in battle, but the berserkers were much more tightly bound to the cult of Odin.Woodcut of the image on the Vendel era helmet plate found on Öland, Sweden, depicting a weapon dancer followed by a berserker.They used a set of ritual practices, such as wearing the skins of their totem animals, in order to help remove their humanity and become a divine predator. They might have had an initiation process where they would go into the woods to live like their totem animals, hunting, gathering, and raiding the nearest towns. Such practices were to help induce an altered state where they could take on the characteristics of their totems.Check out 10 interesting things you may not know about the Vikings here:In such an altered, dissociative state the berserkers would experience battle-rage to the extent that, while it continued, they simply wouldn’t feel any injuries that they suffered (fire and iron won’t bite them).A rook piece from the Lewis chessmen, depicted as a warrior biting his shield. Photo by Rob Roy CC BY 2.0The biting or casting away of their shields can be viewed as an act of further stepping away from their normal social personae, since, for a regular warrior, his weapons and shield were literal signs of his status and social standing, given to him as a young man when he came of age.In 1784 a priest named Odmann theorized that the “going berserk” was brought on by consumption of fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushrooms. His theory gained popularity over time, and remains common today. Other toxic mushrooms have also been suggested as the source of the battle rage, but usually, the side effects of such plants are depressive symptoms, not rage and euphoria.Sculpture of a berserker. Photo by Erkaha CC BY SA 4.0It seems far more likely that the warriors worked themselves up by ritual acts – war dances, or other rituals – along with the wearing of their totem’s skins, to put themselves into the self-induced hypnotic state that allowed them to disassociate from their human identities and bond more tightly to their totem animals.In that state, they could easily have increased strength and reduced sensations of pain, as well as a certain lack of awareness of their immediate environments. Critical thinking and social inhibitions would weaken, and more primitive responses come to the fore.Under these conditions, it seems unfair, somehow, to judge berserkers in full battle-rage by the same standards as ordinary mortals, and much easier to see them as acting in communion with Odin.Read another story from us: It’s Hammer Time! The Viking Method of Rap BattlingThe Old Norse society and religion had room for this sort of behavior, but Christianity didn’t. As Scandinavia became increasingly Christian, and the old religion faded away, so too did the berserkers retreat into shadow and myth.last_img read more

I just wanna kiss girls girls girls – Charli XCX and Rita

first_imgThe chorus consists of the trio singing: “Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls,” leaving little room for doubt.Charli XCX chimes in with a rap which goes: “You know I tamed it, and then I named it.“I put the lion in the cage and then I laid with her all night.”The three women then chant: “She getting down with me” repeatedly, which is brilliant representation for all women who love women.And Ora revealed that the song will soon be released to the public in an interview with The Guardian.It was debuted at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in May, but the singer indicated that it will also be a future single, before explaining what the song meant to hear.She said it “represents freedom of speech of being able to love whoever you love, no matter what colour, race, sex, size, and being able to celebrate each other as females.”Hell yes.Bring it on, Rita and Charli.Watch the first performance of the song below:[embedded content]Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Rita Ora discusses her sexuality as she drops bisexuality anthem with Cardi B, Charli XCX, Bebe RexhaRita Ora says sorry, officially comes out as bi after backlashCharli XCX wants to sexualize men the way the music industry treats womenPINK NEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Instead of scantily clad women dancing around the artist, men were put on display instead.And predictably – and wonderfully – enough, her new same-sex single will be called Girls.There’s no doubt about its sapphic nature, either.Just like Halsey and Lauren Jauregui’s proudly bisexual love song, Strangers, this new tune will involve its singers explicitly glorying in sapphic love.Charli XCX collaborates on the track with fellow British singer Raye, as well as Kosovan singing sensation Rita Ora. Charli XCX is following up her hit gay anthem Boys with a much-needed lesbian version.Boys debunked a host of damaging male stereotypes, particularly in its ingenious video, which reversed the classic tropes of the medium.last_img read more

787 fire no links to battery blazes

first_imgInvestigation continues for Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner fire at Heathrow. Following the fire on a stationary Boeing 787 at Heathrow Airport last week, UK aviation authorities have found no evidence of a direct link with battery blazes that grounded the fleet earlier this year.The fire aboard Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner has renewed safety concerns for Being’s newest aircraft, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.While authorities have found no links to the battery fires that grounded All Nippon Airways’ and Japan Airlines’ 787 aircraft in January, aviation consultants believe this may cause greater problems for Boeing.“I’m not sure it’s good news at all,” aviation consultant Robert Mann from Port Washington, New York said.Mr Mann said customers will be following the investigation closely and this new issue adds to the list of concerns people and airlines have with the 787 Dreamliner.No-one was aboard the aircraft when the fire broke out and Ethiopian Airlines is still flying its three other 787’s while awaiting the results of the investigation.The Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s inquiry continues with the assistance of United States government agencies, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines Enterprises.Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Backup Drew Stanton started eight games in Palmer’s absence, but he went down with a knee injury of his own in a Week 15 win over the St. Louis Rams. But in his first real NFL game action since 2010, the former Michigan State Spartan played well enough to lead the Cardinals to a 5-3 record.It’s that experience that has people more confident about the team’s direction should Palmer be injured again this season.ESPN NFL insider Field Yates ranked the league’s top backup quarterback situations, and put the Cardinals and Stanton at third overall.We saw extended action from Drew Stanton last season when Carson Palmer went down with an injury. It was far from perfect (55 percent completion percentage, 7-to-5 TD-to-INT ratio), but the Cardinals’ running game was anemic down the stretch. The fit matters here, as Stanton is the sturdy pocket passer coach Bruce Arians covets.The Cardinals also added veteran Matt Barkley in a trade with Philadelphia at the tail end of the preseason.The only teams Yates ranked ahead of the Cardinals were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mike Glennon) and the Carolina Panthers (Derek Anderson). Philadelphia, New England, Kansas City, Denver, Tennessee, Indianapolis and Cleveland rounded out the list. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories When you buy an insurance policy, you want to make sure you’ve got a good one all while crossing your fingers that you don’t have to use it.Backup quarterbacks in the NFL are pretty much the same. You want a guy that can play, but you really hope he never takes off his baseball cap and puts down his clipboard.The Arizona Cardinals had to rely on that insurance policy a little too much in 2014. Starter Carson Palmer missed two games with a shoulder injury early in the season and then missed the final seven regular season games and a Wild Card playoff game against Carolina. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) looks to throw against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

NEW YORK — Brittany K Barnett and MiAngel Cody ar

first_img NEW YORK — Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: freeing nonviolent drug offenders serving life in a federal system the lawyers are working to reform.When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless, Barnett through her Buried Alive Project and Cody as founder of The Decarceration Collective. And they’re immensely grateful to Kim Kardashian West for joining the fight, catching some headlines in the process.Barnett, who lives in Dallas, and Cody, based in Chicago, have spent years in the prison reform struggle, both after spending time in corporate law.“At a basic level, I’ve always been interested in how courts and judges wrestle with human stories of the people standing in front of them, which drew me to contesting and attacking mandatory minimum sentences. Because when you have mandatory minimums, judges can’t even consider their personal stories,” Cody told The Associated Press.It’s that “erasure of the historiography of people” that keeps her going, said Cody, also lead counsel of her non-profit collective of lawyers, community organizers and criminal justice policy experts.The organization Barnett co-founded does similar work, representing individuals in court in pursuit of second chances, educating policymakers on the need for legislative reform and sharing stories to humanize those convicted to break the stigma of incarceration.Kardashian West, who is now studying law while running her beauty business and continuing on reality TV, first learned of Barnett’s work when she stumbled on an interview with Alice Marie Johnson from prison and tracked down the Tennessee grandmother’s legal team, which included Barnett.President Trump commuted the mandatory life sentence given Johnson, a first-time offender convicted in a cocaine conspiracy case, after a visit to the White House by Kardashian West. After, Trump signed a bipartisan compromise on federal prison reforms late last year. That’s when Barnett and Cody joined forces on a 90-day effort to free as many federal inmates as they could under the new rules.The two secured releases for 17 offenders.“It was literally a dare over text,” Cody said of the idea. “It was like, hey girl, let’s get some people out of prison. We were arguing motions in courtrooms that were completely unfamiliar to us. Kim knew we were doing this for free. We were probably halfway into the project, not paying ourselves, and with no money and no funding.”Barnett has known Kardashian West for nearly two years, since the star took up Johnson’s cause. She offered to help fund the 90 Days of Freedom campaign when the usual big donors would not.“It was like, OK, let’s link arms. We need all the help we can get,” Barnett told the AP. “She has always volunteered her resources. I’ve never asked Kim for a dime.”Barnett and Cody will launch a new initiative, the Third Strike Project, on June 19. It’s aimed at offenders in their database left behind under last year’s measure, the First Step Act, which retroactively made inmates convicted in crack cocaine cases eligible for consideration to receive reduced sentences.“We have a client who’s doing mandatory three strikes life for marijuana. The First Step Act didn’t help him because it didn’t cover marijuana,” Cody said. “Maybe they had a high amount of a different kind of drug. Maybe it was cocaine powder and it was 5 kilos. We couldn’t go back and retroactively ask the judge to lower their life sentence.”According to The Buried Alive Project , 3,834 people were sentenced to life in federal drug cases between 1988 and 2016. Of those, about 63 per cent were black and 17 per cent Hispanic. Overall, 46 per cent were 46 years old and older.Barnett and Cody have spent time fielding criticism among their own supporters online who are troubled by the attention Kardashian West has received.“We tell our truth, and the truth is Kim linked arms with us when other people turned us down. We consider her a partner,” Barnett said. “People are missing the bigger picture, which is that someone with the celebrity and platform Kim has is actually raising awareness for issues that many of us care about and many of us have been working on for a long time. We welcome anyone who wants to join this fight.”The fight, for her, is personal. Barnett’s mother, who had a crack addiction, served three years. Barnett and her sister would shuttle several hours back and forth for prison visits.Then, while she was in law school, Barnett came across the case of Sharanda Jones, who was sentenced in 1999 to mandatory life without parole for her role in a drug conspiracy, her first arrest and conviction. After nearly 17 years behind bars, Jones became one of seven inmates for whom Barnett secured clemency from President Barack Obama.Jones is a co-founder of Buried Alive. She was also a close friend of Johnson in prison.Cody founded The Decarceration Project after serving as a federal defender. In that role, she wrote one of the first clemency petitions granted by Obama, in 2013, for Reynolds Wintersmith Jr., who was 19 when arrested and later sentenced to mandatory life under sentencing guidelines of the time. He served 20 years.“His mother had overdosed from drugs. He was sent to live with his grandmother, who was abusive and taught him how to sell and cook crack,” Cody said. “It was an entire story of systemic failure.”She earned clemency in six more cases before Obama left office, and she praised Trump and those in Congress who supported First Step last year.“Brittany and I say from the courtroom to Congress to clemency, we will show up and advocate for people who are serving life,” Cody said. “We’re talking about mass incarceration, human beings in cages for life. At the end of the day, I have nothing left for any other conversation.”Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Kim Kardashian West locks arms with prison reform warriors by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2019 7:39 am PDT FILE – This Oct. 9, 2018 file photo shows Kim Kardashian West at the Tiffany & Co. 2018 Blue Book Collection: The Four Seasons of Tiffany celebration in New York. Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: Freeing nonviolent drug offenders serving life in a federal system they’re working to reform. When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless. What they have no energy for is explaining why they’re immensely grateful to Kim Kardashian West for joining the fight, catching some headlines in the process.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more